Three years ago today, on December 7, 2009, I uploaded my site theme and hit publish on my first post…and it all started from several conversations with my sister and I even reflected upon this earlier this year.
Three years…it's hard for me not to get all sentimental on you. I started The Little Kitchen to just share recipes with family and friends. Never in a million years did I think this would turn into a career for me nor did I ever think that a number of food bloggers would become my best friends. It's been so amazing and fun and inspiring…so I hope you bear with me as I reflect…
Bloggers love feedback in the form of comments – I love hearing from people who try the recipes I develop and post. It's really neat to hear all about it and always great to get constructive criticism. I wanted to share with you the best ever pinterest caption I have got when someone pinned one of my recipes but I can't seem to find it so I dug up this comment I received last year on peanut butter cup cupcakes I posted. I chuckled out loud and seeing it again makes me laugh even harder.
To everyone who has left a comment whether it's here, on facebook or twitter or elsewhere, thank you!
2. cake stands vs. wooden boards
I adore cake stands…you can blame Martha Stewart for that. Watching her show when I was still in school (probably middle school), I remember an episode where she showed a bunch of her vintage cake stands. I think that's when it started. Before I started this blog, I had maybe 2 or 3? Now it's up to 17 but wooden cutting and bread boards outnumber them, thanks to my friends, Todd & Diane, I'm completely obsessed. I need to start a self-help group for them. Who wants to join me?
If you know me well, you know I make a ton of cupcakes. I was going to try to figure out how many dozen cupcakes I have made in the last three years but I can't even imagine…I'm sure it's way more than 50-80 dozen.
See the picture on the left in the collage? That's the photo from the very first post here on The Little Kitchen and the ones on the right, ones I posted for Buick in October. One of my goals last year was to improve my photography and really push myself. The big thing for me this year was to attend a food photography and styling workshop and it really helped me to take better pictures (and less of them) as well as edit better. I'm not saying I'm some sort of expert now but I'm happy with my progress and I want to continue to grow.
4. it's always about the food and the recipes
I hope you really know how obsessed I am with food and it always comes back to the food for me. When I'm coming up with new ideas, trying a new twist on a classic or brainstorming with my chief taste tester, Curtis…it has to taste amazing. One of the most popular recipes this year has been these cheesesteaks. I love the riffs others have done on them too.
Other huge favorites that get a bunch of views are my Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker recipe and this recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Soup.
5. what's next?
I usually end by making goals for the next year. My ultimate goal would be to have my photography published in a print magazine. And I want to definitely try my hand at those foods/recipes I'm scared to try. I want to continue to challenge and push myself with my photography and to not sweat the small stuff.
So what about you? Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2013? Anything you want to be sure to try or make in your kitchen?
I just came across this post and I have to tell you that you have inspired me! I started my Lovefoodies blog last month, and I too recognise I need to sort out my photography skills (amongst everything else!). I’m still in the very early learning stages of all this tech stuff, but you have made me feel positive that it can be done, and I can share recipes and thoughts with fellow foodies. So thank you very much for sharing this post, and congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. Hopefully in 3 years time Lovefoodies will have photos just as lovely as yours 🙂
[email protected] pineapple and coconut says
I adore your cake stands!! I have like 8 I think. I want about 500 more. ha ha
Happy Blogiversary! That comment about the frosting on a turd has me totally cracking up too!!
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
Ahhhh…Happiest Blogiversary to you, Julie. And here’s to many more!!
Tara @ Unsophisticook says
Happy blogiversary, Julie!!! You’ve always been an inspiration to me.
congrats on your anniversary, and here’s to many more!
Linda | The Urban Mrs says
Congrats, Julie. I love love reading your blog – in fact your blog was the first I read and inspired me. I hope your goal becomes true!
Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) says
You are such an inspiration, Julie! I love this post! Early happy holidays to you and Curtis 🙂
Robyn | Add a Pinch says
Congratulations, Julie! You are amazing!!!
Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
Happy Bloggerversary!! 😀 I love your blog, keep up the great work & delicious recipes 🙂
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
Hi Julie! I completely adore your blog and today’s post really is something special. CONGRATS on three very very successful year! Look at how much you’ve grown. You sound so determined, so hardworking, and so genuinely happy when you talk about your blog. The photography improvements are amazing – you are a wonderful photographer and you influenced me to start looking up food styling classes. I struggle with that! That comment from a reader made me laugh SO LOUD!!!! I love receiving comments like that. Makes me smile when I read them 🙂 CONGRATS again!!
You just made me think when I started mine, because we were a few months different. It’s been a while already!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
3 years?! AMAZING! You are so amazing, Julie! I look forward to many many many more years with you 🙂
addie | culicurious says
My goals are to continue to improve my photos and the quality of my content. I want to develop better recipes and do more collaborations with other bloggers so I can get more experience in the food blog world 🙂
tijuana smith (po' man meals) says
3 years? wow. your pictures and blog are incredible, just like you. congrats!
Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving says
Congrats on 3 years! My goals for 2013 are to work on my photography and cross my fingers, come up with a better paleo bread recipe. We shall see. Btw, I love that you show an earlier post. Sometimes it’s hard to look back and see what you did when you started but it’s such an important part of who you are today.
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says
I’m so excited for you. And how amazing to see how much your photography has improved in the past 3 years–wow! You will be in a magazine in no time, I’m sure of it!
Kasha the FarmGirl says
Congratulations on three years of blogging! I love that you’re committed to challenging yourself and stretching out of your comfort zone. It’s scary but the potential is huge!
shelly (cookies and cups) says
What a great post! I dread going back and looking at my original posts. I can’t bring myself there..
ANd that comment. BEST. EVER.
happy 3 years!!! it’s so much fun to see where we started and how far we’ve come 🙂
Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says
Congratulations on three years, I really love drooling over your food photos and always get a huge kick out of reading your posts. Hope you realized what an inspiration you are!
Jen M O says
Congratulations on three years. Oh, your cheese steaks are delicious! Next year, I really want to make some fresh pasta. I make bread from scratch so pasta can’t be too hard, right?
Jess @ Feast with Me says
Wow, three years. I have only been at it for 1 year and a hlf, and I have so much more work to do! I’m so impressed (and inspired) by your photo improvements. Not that the first photo is even bad, but the level of professionalism in the photo to the right, and you photos now, makes me feel like I could aspire to that as well. 🙂 What a lovely post.
You’ve come so far in your photography! Isn’t it exciting to look back and see that progress? Love it!
And those cheese steaks. Seriously. Why haven’t I made them yet??
I have a feeling that you are going to meet your goal VERY soon! Your pictures are great and I look forward to seeing more in print! 🙂
Happy anniversary!! My blogiversary was on December 6th!! But I’m only a year old haha. I’ve loved following your blog, you have been one of my inspirations! I’m so glad to have gotten to meet you at FBF in Orlando. I hope we cross paths again soon!
Happy blogiversary!!! It’s so awesome to see how far you’ve come in three years. Congratulations!
Laura (GotChocolate) says
This is awesome! Wow, THREE years. Huge congratulations. I love the comparisons you did. Great recap.
Here’s to MANY more years of The Little Kitchen! 😀
Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says
Happy 3 years!!! Woohoooo! Wow what a ride! You have much to be proud of. I love the side by side cupcakes! 🙂
Happy blogaversary, Julie!! I’m so glad we’ve met through blogging and have become such close friends. Love you and your blog. Here’s to an even better 2013
Happy Anniversary Julie! Thanks so much for sharing and continued success with The Little Kitchen.
P.S. Loved the comment from the husband about the icing 🙂
Brian @ A Thought For Food says
Such a wonderful post! Happy happy anniversary! I’m so glad we’ve met through this wonderful world of blogging.
Paula - bell'alimento says
Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes says
1. Congratulations on three successful (and delicious) years!
2. I will definitely join that support group with you – my wooden board collection is embarrassing, embarrassing, EMBARRASSING.
3. I love that you took this opportunity to reflect back on how far you’ve come – such an important thing to do. Keep up the good work, Julie, and congratulations again!! 🙂
Rachel @ Following In My Shoes says
Happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary, Julie!!!!!!!!
(drooling over your bread board collection, by the way…. I adore bread boards)
Your photography is amazing — I’ve definitely noticed a difference over this past year (especially after your mentoring with Diane & Todd); I would LOVE to get better … to take gorgeous, “soft” photos with beautiful light. That’s my goal!
Denise @ Creative Kitchen says
Happy anniversary Julie!! I’m so glad we’ve had a chance to meet through this community of food blogging. It’s such a great and inspiring group to be a part of. 😉
Ahh….wooden cutting boards, I need to add to my collection.
I was floored when I realized that Creative Kitchen celebrated 3 years this past August. It kinda slipped right past me lol. Merry Christmas & best wishes for a great year meeting new goals.
Kathy - Panini Happy says
Happy blogiversary, Julie!! It’s amazing to reflect on where this blogging journey has taken us, isn’t it? Gotta start working on some 2013 goals of my own (that may be a goal in itself – ha!).
[email protected] says
Happy Anniversary Julie!! I love looking back at where we started to see how far we’ve come. 🙂
Happy third anniversary! your blog is so attractive
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
I love checking your blog when a new post comes up – it makes me so happy! Congrats on 3 years!!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Congrats on another year of blogging! And like you, I’m obsessed with wood boards! I mentioned one today and umm, I hit up ebay yesterday. Oh boy. But it will be worth it b/c a great surface for photography is worth it’s weight in…old dirty wood 🙂 Love the post!
Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs says
Happy blogiversary!! So exciting! I love reading this blog!
happy blogiversary!!!! i just passed my 4th. so crazy!!! you’ve come far and you’re only getting better. i’m always inspired by you, julie 🙂
Cassie | Bake Your Day says
I love this post, Julie! Happy 3-years and cheers to many more! xo
June g.m says
I’m making those freakin’ cheesesteaks this weekend!
Ahhh congrats girl! You rock!
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
First of all – happy blogiversary! I can’t believe thelittlekitchen is 3 years old already! I’m in love with your board collection so I’m no help in talking you away from getting more. And seriously you should try pie dough in the food processor… way less scary than doing it by hand! But looking at your list… pasta is on mine too 🙂
Happy third anniversary, Julie! As you know, I just had mine a few weeks ago. It is hard to believe how far we have come and what we have accomplished in these three years. Congrats and to many more!